Thursday 25 September 2008

And Here's to the Last of Our Backpacking Adventure

As we went to bed at 4AM and it was the last day of our adventure, we treated ourselves to sleeping in until 11:30AM. Right away, we went to the most visited attraction in Milan, the Duomo.

One can easily see why the Duomo is the fourth largest cathedral in the world! With its Gothic and neo-gothic style of architecture, the cathedral stands roughly forty-five meters high with windows that are almost seventy feet wide. It is a must-see for anybody in Milan!

The Milan Cathedral a.k.a. the Duomo

Just another photoshoot in Piazza Del Duomo. Notice the H&M fashion in the background AND foreground!

We naturally stumbled upon a few outdoor artworks as Milan is known for its many ourdoor exhibits! The "Beyond the Earth" exhibition celebrated the Italian Space Agency (ISA) and 2009 as International Year of Astronomy. The over 100 images of space were gorgeous!

“Oltre la Terra” Exhibition!

We then headed off to Castello Sforzesco, a castle that houses several museums and galleries. With its reconstruction, one cannot even tell that the castle was severely damaged by the allied bombardment of Milan during World War II.

Castello Sforzesco

Being in the fashion capital of the world, we simply did what we did best: shopping! Being young, backpacking college students; however, we went to Milan's fitting H&M where I bought a beautiful silk scarf (for 7euros of course!)

Milan shopping spree

Nightime came and we went to Monte Napoleone to explore the expensive stores and ran into yet another protest. At the Victor Emanuel Galleria, we listened to live classical music outside and I found my first love: Swarvski crystal!

Swarvski's new collection: The Gang of Dogs. So cute, yet still sophisticated!

We had a delicious dinner (pennette with salmon and spaghetti with clams) at Trattoria La Baita by Central Station. The meal was quite a sentimental one as we all went to a state of nostalgia looking back on the past two weeks. How did it past by so quickly?

We decided this is how I would look if I were a cartoon. Dead on!

Early that morning, a pleasant phone call from back home welcomed me with a "Rise and shine" at 8AM. Backpacking Europe will forever remain one of the most amazing adventures, but nothing can ever beat a phone call from home.

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